A photo is purported to be worth a thousand words. As visual images, photos communicate on multiple levels in complex ways. But what happens when words are part of a photograph? How can images and text communicate in connected, parallel, or divergent ways? This juried exhibition will explore the many ways in which photographs can incorporate words and the meanings that can result from such combinations. Forty photographs will be selected for exhibition on the walls of PhotoPlace Gallery and on the gallery website by juror Liz Lee. An additional thirty-five images will be chosen for PhotoPlace’s “On-Line Gallery Annex.”
Juror: LIZ LEE
Liz Lee is a Professor of Photography in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia where she has been serving as Department Chair since 2005. Her work examines the use of language and the context of the image and asks the viewer to consider the divisions present in an image-dominated society dependent on the abstractions of language. Her work focuses on the impact of media and the presence of the artist with manual control over the camera, shifting the viewerâ€™s attention from the theme of reality to its transformation; from the taking to the making of an image. Lizâ€™s work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions that encourage the audience to explore the point at which photography and technology, art and science, merge. Her images also appear in Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age by Robert Hirsch and are held in the Permanent Collection of the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Novosibirsk, Russia. In 2007 she received a fellowship with Booksmart Studios in Rochester, NY to produce her series Grassroots (the shun series) as a limited edition fine-art book. She recently participated as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.